Healthy Minnesota: Communities in Action

The U.S. health care system is undergoing exciting, radical change. The significance of prevention and the role of community in creating a healthier culture is vital to empowering individuals to actively manage their own health and well-being.

In conjunction with the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) annual meeting Friday, September 28, students of the Health Care UST MBA program are coordinating a poster session and interactive discussion to highlight some of the best examples of community-led health initiatives from throughout the state. The Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin, M.D. will deliver closing remarks.

Poster Session Forum: Open 3 - 6:30 p.m.

Local community projects, large and small, will present their mission, successes and lessons learned at the poster session forum. The forum will heighten awareness of the many community efforts aimed at improving the health of Minnesotans and allow particpants to share sustainable ideas for other communities to embrace.

"Getting Communities into Action" Leadership Discussion: 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Hear from community leaders from some of the state's most comprehensive initiatives about what's working – and what isn't – in creating stronger, healthier communities from the ground up.

Dr. Ed Ehlinger, commissioner of the Minnesota  Department of Health, will moderate the panel discussion which will include representatives from the following projects:

  • heartsbeatback, the Heart of New Ulm Project
  • Hennepin Health, Hennepin County's integrated health network
  •, a collaboration among the cities of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN
  • Healthy Community Partnership, sponsored by Allina Health

The panel discussion will be followed by comments from University of St. Thomas' Senior Health Policy Fellow, former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger.

Attendance is free but advance registration is required. The event will b held at the Ramada Mall of America in Bloomington. Confirmation and final event details will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.